I don’t see much difference between Evangelism and Imperialism. The xenophobia of being aware of the frightened limits of ones culture that must be lied about to maintain control of either when provoked by independent thinkers, other national agendas and the fear they set loose. All too often the innocent reminder is taken to be the repository of such malicious suspicions and duly assigned membership in the latest axis of evil, so jealous, we are told, they are of the truer truth of our freedom to indulge in consumer driven glut … whether they want it or not. Feeling fear of the unknown may be understood to be its own punishment — anything more curious only lends value to wisdom’s evolution. How, in the name of love, does not knowing something make it an evil deserving conversion, conscription or conquest. That’s how governments and most Christians act and they hardly know their enemy beyond their need to be annexed into the xenophobic exclusivity of Christianity to “make the world safe for America.” Which came first the priest inserting himself between individuals and their “inner sense” to reap the guilty tithe on its way to God's heavenly bank or megalomaniacal control-junkie politicians inserting themselves between sheep addicted to fear in the present and the better life they keep promising, or else … you're either a sinner or a terrorist. Get over it.
In recent days my daughter has found new vigor from her close encounter of the Jesus kind which, her being of my genetic disposition, has driven her to test it on what must be her idea of the ultimate heathen, so to speak, me. While she believed me especially adverse to Christianity, I pleaded equal opportunity religious apathy. Just as I noted then, Buddhism gets my nod because it doesn’t require belief, I note now that Christianity is the only religion so exclusive as to insist on being the only truth (each of its umptydozen exclusive variations, including my sister's) and driven to convert the world to make it unanimous (to finally believe it themselves, maybe). This post is the result of contemplating her concerns about me roasting in hell and my concerns about US imperialism doing the same thing to earth, and how, although she claims to have her own personal interpretation of the Bible and Jesus’ love, not to be confused with all the evidence of intolerant atrocity in the history of Christianity, the one key element most obnoxious about that history, evangelism, is her one key method of expressing her own belief and regret that we won't be in heaven together. Give me a fucking break. Whatever such truth is, it must be artifice if it requires exclusive belief, faith, trust, and a sorely, poorly envisioned one if it needs world wide allegiance for well meaning Christians to find peace on earth. Truth doesn't need belief, it has always been everyones experience beyond our faithful, trusty wall of filters requiring constant maintenance following belief manual.
Love doesn't hurt and truth is in plain sight for everyone. Exclusivity harms and hides both for the excluder.